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Creativity and innovation reflection post

Write a 250 word blog post (on your blog) that includes highlights of the learning for you personally from both completing the project and from viewing the videos created by other groups. No need to summarize what you did, I want to know about changes in your thinking.

I have learned about different types of applications I could use as a teacher in my classroom that would change from the everyday textbook/note taking class. The three  that stuck out included Prezi Edmondo and evernote. Both of these would be really useful for my classroom, and create diversity in my classroom. Prezu would be great for presentations, it is free, well organized and a great visual for key concepts and outlines of a chapter. Evernote is great for taking notes if someone is absent, or has a learning disability. This allows students with easy access to my notes and visuals. Parents can also have access and can keep track of their child’s learning. Finally Edmondo would be great to have class discussions are particular topics, even allowing students to lead a discussion on a particular topic of interest would be a great add to the regular classroom settings. This would allow the students to research the information and have resources to back up their ideas or point of view.

In a technical aspect, videos with props and humor were very entertaining, and really garbed the audiences attention. I realized the time it takes to make videos and edit, careful planning is necessary.

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Meaningful Learning Through Technology

 Using technology was originally used as a passive , repetitive way of teaching but recent, new updates have allowed for learning and technology to be interactive and extremely beneficial for schools. In order for learning to be meaningful; understanding and articulation need to be introduced. Understanding and articulation can be achieved when learning is active, constructive, intentional and collaborative .  As a new concept is introduced, effective learning requires representing what is needed to know in multiple ways. Many of these new types of technology have allowed for the student to be an active participant in the learning process. If the student is learning how to read using technology for example, the student reads the sentences and as a particular word is misunderstood or unknown to the student, the word can be read electronically and  then the word can be repeated by the student. The same idea is used with writing. This idea represents meaningful learning since many different dimensions of knowledge is introduced.

Other means of technology that have been used to introduce creativity and collaboration include taking pictures, and requiring students to share, and then explain  them. In any grades , it can be used to illustrate an idea .  By creating projects and illustrating them through technology, it  forces the students  go beyond the passive learning, and retain the necessary information… When used for the right purposes , having individual phones, tables, and computers might not be seen as so passive and repetitive after all.

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